Tilapia Quesadillas with Guacamole

by Erica Dinho on August 18, 2011

Here’s a delicious, easy to make dish for tonight. There’s lots to love about this quesadilla but the best part is that it adapts to whatever fish you like. Accompany the quesadillas with guacamole for added flavor.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 3 tilapia fillets
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Guacamole for serving


  1. repare the fish:
  2. Place the fillets in a bowl, add the lime juice. Season on both sides with the paprika, cumin, garlic, onion, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle the fillets on both sides with the flour, shaking off any excess. Add the fillets to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Turn the fillets over and cook, about 3 minutes.
  4. Break the cooked fish into smaller pieces and keep warm.
  5. Prepare the quesadillas:
  6. Spread out the tortillas evenly on a work surface. Divide the cheese and fish evenly, sprinkling the bottom half of each tortilla evenly with the cheese and fish, then with the fresh cilantro.
  7. Fold the tortilla in half to enclose the filling and press firmly. Stack the quesadillas on a plate and set aside.
  8. Brush the pan with oil. Place 2 quesadillas in the pan and cook until the undersides are lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  9. Flip the quesadillas and toast the other sides, about 2 minutes more.
  10. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas, brushing the pan with oil between batches.
  11. Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve immediately with guacamole.
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lyndsey August 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

This looks so good! Love guacamole and this is perfect for a great summer dinner!


2 gloria August 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Sounds and look amazing Erica! gloria


3 Kim August 18, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I’ve never had fish in a quesadilla. Not sure why I haven’t though of it before, but it looks delicious!


4 martha August 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

hello erica, this recipe looks delicious! I am also from colombia, living in the northeast and married to an american, guy who loves colombian food! i found your blog a few months ago and you have inspired me!….so far i have made empanadas, pandebonos and patacones and all of them came out perfect with your recipes! thank you for keeping our colombian culture and traditions alive through wonderful food! un abrazo!


5 Erica August 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Martha-Thank you for your wonderful comment. I truly appreciate it!


6 Emily from The Best of this Life August 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Mmmm…this looks so good! My husband will love this recipe!

xo Emily


7 Stevie August 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Mmmmm indeed. This looks and sounds excellent! I had never considered using lime juice before pan sauteing fish with a spice rub. Very good idea!


8 laurie August 24, 2011 at 1:41 AM

I made this for dinner and my 7 year old loved it as well as my husband! Thank you for a delicious and oh so easy recipe. Next is arroz con pollo, cant wait!


9 Ana January 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I made this tilapia quesadilla recipe and my four kids loved it. I am making it for dinner tonight…….again!


10 Martha August 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I love all the idea except why flour the fish. We dont need the added fat..


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